News Briefing: Aug. 18-24, 2017

News Briefing: Aug. 18-24, 2017

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GALAEI program hosts dance-party fundraiser

A peer-led transgender program in Philadelphia will host a dance party fundraiser for the Philly Trans March 2017. GALAEI’s Trans Equity Project, formerly known as the TransHealth Information Project (TIP), will host SLAY! to celebrate the resiliency of the transgender and gender-nonconforming communities.

DJ NiiLO, the stage name of GALAEI Executive Director Nikki Lopez, will spin tunes throughout the evening. The event will feature special guests and raffle prizes.

SLAY! will be held 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Aug. 24 at Tabu, 200 S. 12th St. Tickets cost $5. Visit for more information.

PBJ accepting nominations for LGBT Awards

A local business publication is accepting nominations for a ceremony recognizing LGBT-owned companies and LGBT business advocates. 

For the 2017 LGBT Awards, the Philadelphia Business Journal will publicly recognize honorees at an awards program Oct. 19 at the SugarHouse Casino. Additionally, the publication will profile the winners in a print supplement.

Individuals and companies must be headquartered within specific areas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Visit for accepted counties and to submit a nomination form. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 1.

— Jeremy Rodriguez 

Gayborhood spot to fundraise for LGBT shelter 

Writer’s Block Rehab will host a summer-themed block party this weekend, with a portion of the funds supporting the state’s first LGBT-focused homeless shelter.

The Writer’s Pool Block Party will take place from noon-7 p.m. Aug. 19 outside the bar and lounge, 1342 Cypress St. The event will feature food and drink specials, frozen drinks, grilled food and more, with music by DJ Sharon Stone.

For more information, visit

— Jen Colletta

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